Youth projects share £1.5m to tackle knife crime
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Youth sports and fitness groups are among 67 charities across England and Wales to share a £1.5m government fund to warn young people about the dangers of knife crime.
The latest round of funding from the Home Office's Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund was originally set at £1m when it launched in May, but has been increased by a further £500,000 due to the number and quality of bids, according to the government.
Among football club charities to benefit is Grimbsy Town Sports and Education Trust, which has received £30,000 to run activities for young people aged between 10 and 17 who are at risk of being involved in knife crime.
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has been handed £12,000 to support young people suspected of carrying knives.
Another football club charity to benefit from the fund is Colchester United's Football in the Community, which has been awarded £29,250 to run a programme warning young people of the dangers of knife crime in primary and secondary schools in North Essex.
In addition, South London based Ballers Club Community has been given £10,609 to provide positive activities for young people at risk of being victims or perpetrators of crime.
London based Personal Independence Support has received £30,000 to run a ‘boot camp' programme for young people at a high risk of being involved in serious youth violence.
"It is vital that the government continues to support community groups who help young people build the resilience they need to take positive steps in life and steer clear of criminal activity," said Victoria Atkins, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability.
"Early intervention and prevention is vital to tackling serious violence and I am delighted we are able to increase the funding available to support more organisations."
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Other groups to benefit include The Children's Society, which has been awarded a total of £56,000 to support pupils at risk of crime in the North East as well as deliver a knife awareness programme in schools in Birmingham.
"We are delighted to be awarded this funding from the Home Office, which will allow The Children's Society to deliver school-based support in Birmingham and an emotional resilience programme in Newcastle," said The Children's Society chief executive, Matthew Reed.
"Supporting young people to live safe and protected lives free from exploitation and knife crime is more important than ever."
Street Doctors, where trainee doctors warn young people about knife crime and teach emergency first aid, has been handed £26,500 to run sessions in Liverpool, Sheffield, Stoke, Leicester and Bristol, working with pupil referral units, youth clubs, schools and youth offending teams.
Last year 47 charities benefited from the first wave of funding from the Fund.